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At Home with the Templetons

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Other people's families aren't as perfect as they seem When the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they set the locals talking and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons seem so bohemian, unusual...peculiar even. No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina Donovan and her young son Tom. Before long, the two families' lives become entwined in unexpected ways, to the delight of Gracie, the sweetest of the Templeton children. In the years that follow, the relationships between the Templetons and the two Donovans twist and turn in unpredictable and life-changing directions, until a tragedy tears them all apart. What will it take to bring them together again? From Australia's top-selling female novelist comes her best book yet a wonderfully entertaining and touching story about the perils and pleasures of love, friendship and family.
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When he inherited a mid-19th-century mansion in southeastern Australia, Henry Templeton lost no time in moving his entire family from England and enlisting them as period-costumed tour guides at the refurbished Templeton Hall. His teenage daughters rebel; his nine-year-old son, Spencer, resorts to pranks; and his alcoholic sister-in-law alienates the townspeople. His wife is submissively supportive. Only 11-year-old Gracie appreciates the family heritage. Neighbor Nina Donovan vows to have nothing to do with the eccentric family, but when her son Tom becomes Spencer's best friend, the Donovans are inextricably involved with the Templetons. A near-fatal accident strikes the young people and pulls the families apart until half-truths are exposed and family secrets revealed. Verdict Ulli Birve's narration is perfect, providing clear differentiation among the many characters and multiple points of view. Fans of Maeve Binchy's novels will enjoy this satisfying tale with its unexpected plot twists. For all popular collections. ["McInerney is not a stranger to writing about strong families, and that experience shines through here," read the review of the Ballantine pb, LJ 4/15/11.-Ed.]-Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Benton P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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